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Frederick Stafford

Frederick Stafford (11 March 1928 – 28 July 1979) was a Czechoslovak-born actor. Born Friedrich Strobel von Stein, he spoke fluent Czech, German, English, French and Italian, and was a leading man in European spy-movies. In 1964 French director André Hunebelle discovered him on holiday at a hotel in Bangkok and asked him "How would you like to make movies with me?". Stafford replied "Why not?" and replaced Kerwin Matthews to play an agent code-named OSS 117 in two Bond-like-adventures. The first co-starring with Mylène Demongeot, in the second with Marina Vlady. He also appeared in war-films (The Battle of El Alamein) and in Michel Boisronds thriller Million Dollar Man alongside Anny Duperey. These movies got him the attention of the Master of Suspense: Alfred Hitchcock who signed him in 1968 to play the leading role as agent André Devereaux in Topaz (1969), but the film was not a success, and the casting of Stafford, whose performance was found lacking by critics, was largely blamed for its failure. Channel4 told: Heading the international cast is a very wooden Stafford, who is no Cary Grant. He married German actress Marianne Hold. He had a come-back in 1972 as Commissario Luca Micelli in Italian Giallo Shadows Unseen. Five years after Topaz he starred as detective Sandro Mattei beside the actress who played his daughter in Topaz, French actress Claude Jade, in the Italian thriller La ragazza di Via Condotti (Meurtres à Rome/Special Killers) (1973/74). In that movie the character of 20 years older Stafford has a brief platonic romance with Jade's character Tiffany. His last successes were the Spanish Movies Blood and Passion(1975) and White Horses of Summer (1975, starring Jean Seberg, his co-star from 1966 Estouffade à la Caraïbe), the Italian thriller Werewolf Man (1976) and the Spanish- Italian-French coproduction Hold-Up (1977). He died in 1979 in a plane crash. His son is the singer Roderick Stafford (born 1964), Flowers from Hitchcock. Description above from the Wikipedia article Frederick Stafford, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Mar 11, 1928 In Czechoslovakia
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie OSS 117: Mission for a Killer 1965-07-02
Latest Project:
Movie Sfida sul fondo 1976-04-29
Known For
Poster of Sfida sul fondo
Poster of The Battle of El Alamein
Poster of O.S.S. 117: Mission to Tokyo
Poster of OSS 117: Mission for a Killer
Movie La trastienda Doctor Navarro (as Frederick Stanford) 1976-02-23
Movie Werewolf Woman Inspector Modica 1976-03-18
Movie Sfida sul fondo Valdesio 1976-04-29
Movie White Horses of Summer Nicholas Kingsburg 1975-04-17
Movie Hold-Up, instantánea de una corrupción Robert Cunningham 1974-08-02
Movie Special Killers Sandro Mattei 1973-08-11
Movie Metti... che ti rompo il muso Rocky 1973-01-01
Movie Shadows Unseen Commissioner Luca Miceli 1972-03-24
Movie The Battle of El Alamein Giorgio Borri 1969-01-01
Movie Topaz André Devereaux 1969-12-17
Movie Eagles Over London Captain Paul Stevens 1969-09-20
Movie Million Dollar Man Jean Sarton 1967-08-31
Movie The Looters Sam Morgan 1967-08-08
Movie Dirty Heroes Joe Mortimer 1967-09-21
Movie Agent 505 - Death Trap Beirut Richard Blake, Agent 505 1966-04-22
Movie O.S.S. 117: Mission to Tokyo Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117 1966-10-28
Movie OSS 117: Mission for a Killer Hubert Bonnisseur de la Bath 1965-07-02